antepenult

[an-tee-pee-nuhlt, -pi-nuhlt]
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noun

the third syllable from the end in a word, as te in antepenult.

Nearby words

  1. antenuptial marriage contract,
  2. anteorbital,
  3. antepartum,
  4. antepast,
  5. antependium,
  6. antepenultimate,
  7. anteporch,
  8. anteportico,
  9. anteposition,
  10. anteprandial

Origin of antepenult

1575–85; < Latin (syllaba) antepaenultima the second (syllable) from the last, feminine of antepaenultimus standing before the penult. See ante-, penult

Related formspre·an·te·pe·nult, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for antepenult

antepenult

noun

the third last syllable in a word

Word Origin for antepenult

C16: shortened from Latin (syllaba) antepaenultima; see ante-, penult

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Word Origin and History for antepenult

antepenult

n.

1610s; see antepenultimate.

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